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GUIDLINES OF JAINISM

Bhadrabahu Vijay

SOME IMPORTANT JAIN INSTITUTIONS

The Jain Temples

The Jain Temples are beautiful artistic and grand. Most of these temples are built of marble. They have beautiful arches and walls. Moreover, the ceilings. and towers of those buildings are decorated with magnificent carvings. The interior of a Jain temple has a peaceful, holy and other- worldly atmosphere: and so it is a centre of attraction for all. The temples are pervaded by an atmosphere of absolute peace, felicity and sanctity. Magnificent waves of bliss, felicity, love and cheerfulness surge out from the presence of the marble idols from which emanate peace and joy.

All Jains including the young and the old visit the temples in the mornings and in the evenings. They feel blessed by the sight of the Lord and by carrying out such activities as worship, prayer, glorification repeating of holy hymns and meditation. That way they seek satisfaction to their souls. Every evening after the sunset. they perform Arti and Mangal deep (burning camphor and lighting ghee-wicks) in every temple. The sweet sound of the bells, the holy noise of the drums; the chanting of the hymns by groups of devotees at the time of the arti, the radiant lights burning with ghee revealing the splendor of the face of the (Lord the Paramatma) bring heaven to the earth.

Special programs and activities are organized on some festival days and special occasions. On these occasions, hundreds or thousands of devotees gather in the temples and worship the Lord with absolute devotion, Some Jain families have a grihmandir a room reserved for the worship of the Lord.

On the occasion of installing the image of the Lord in the temples, a solemn celebration takes place; and this is known as Anjanshalaka and Pratistha Mahotsav.